Low Turnout Mars Osun Local Government Elections

Low Turnout Mars Osun Local Government Elections

By Aaron Abraham | Staff Reporter on January 27, 2018
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Lagos, NIGERIA: A man drops his voters card in a ballot box at a polling station in Lagos 14 April 2007. | AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei/Getty Images

Segun Oladitan, the chairman of Osun Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, has explained that the low turnout at some polling units at the ongoing local government election was due to misinformation by political groups.

Counting of votes is underway in some wards in the Saturday, January 27, 2018 elections.

Oladitan stated that he was disappointed at the reports of low turnout at some polling stations.

He further described the opposition parties as “mischief makers’’ saying they had been going around to tell the people that election would not hold.

Oladitan said it was falsehood from the distracters who claimed there was a court order restricting OSIEC from conducting the election.

He expressed delight however that new information reaching him indicated that the electorate were now turning out to vote.

Oladitan said the commission did a lot of sensitisation about the election, which resulted in large turnout of voters in some areas of the state.

On the late arrival of election materials, he said logistics and human factor were responsible for the late arrival.

“But the fact that election materials arrived at their scheduled destination at by 9a.m, was a reasonable time,’’ he said.

The Osun State Government on Wednesday declared, Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26, 2018 as public holiday.

According to a press statement made available to journalists in Osogbo by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Mr Sola Fasure, “The 2-day holiday is to enable Osun residents prepare for and participate in the Local Government election scheduled to hold on Saturday, January 27, 2018.”

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